Learn 10 Easy 3-Word Questions in English


Hi. I’m Rebecca from engVid, and in this lesson
you’re going to learn 10 easy questions that you can use in all kinds
of everyday situations. Now, they are really easy so they will not
only help you to understand what people are saying, but you can also
start to use them yourself. Why? Because all these questions
have only three words. All right? And I think, and I know, and I
believe that you can learn them. Okay? So let’s look at what they are. Let’s go. Number one: “What’s the matter?” Okay? If someone says:
“What’s the matter?” it means: “What’s the problem? What’s…? What’s wrong?” Okay? Now, don’t look on this side. This is not the answer, this
is not the explanation. These we’re going to use
later when we do our quiz. So just listen to me to understand
what the questions mean first of all. Okay? So: “What’s the matter?”
means: “What’s the problem? What’s wrong?” Number two: “Do you mind?” Now, when do we
say: “Do you mind?” What does that mean? “Do you mind?” “Do you mind?” means: “Do you have
any objection? Do you have any…? Do you not agree with
me for some reason? Do you not accept what
I’m about to do?” “Do you mind?” means: “Do you have any problem with what I’m going
to do, or say?” or something like that. Okay? “Do you mind?” Number three: “Have you heard?” Now, some of these are full
grammatical questions. Okay? For example: “What’s the matter?” is
completely and grammatically correct. Some of them that you’ll see down here are
actually just shortened versions of a fuller question, but because they’re used
so often people do shorten them. Okay? So keep that in mind also. So: “Have you heard?” If somebody just says:
“Have you heard?” why would they say that? Have you heard what? So in what situation
do we use this? Usually people will say: “Have you heard?”
when there’s some sort of big news. Now, it could be big news in terms of world
news, it could be big news in terms of in your office, it could be big
news in terms of your family. But whatever it is, it is considered by the
person who’s asking you this to be big news that you either probably have heard about
and do know about, or should know about. Okay? So then the person asks
you: “Have you heard?” And if you say: “No. Why? What? What are you talking about?”
then they tell you. And if you do know, then you
say: “Yes, I know, I heard.” if it’s bad news. Or: “Yes. I heard. She
won the lottery. Wow.” Okay? So it could be good
news or bad news. Next… Of course the way they’ll
ask the question will vary. If they say: “Have you heard?” that’s good news. They say: “Have you heard?” that’s not so good news. Okay. The next one: “Care
for another?” Again, this is one of those
where we’re shortening it. Okay? So: “Care for another?” Another what? Well, it depends
on the situation. Usually we’re talking
about food or drink. So somebody might be saying:
“Care for another drink?” “Care for” means: “Would you like?
Do you want?” So: “Do you want
another drink?”, or “Do you want another
piece of cake?”, or “Do you want
another dessert?”, or “Do you want another
slice of pizza?” So somebody might just
say: “Care for another?” instead of saying: “Do you
want another something?” Okay? And the last one here
is: “Who is it?” Now, that sounds pretty straightforward,
but in some languages we don’t use… They don’t use “it” so much. So when we’re talking about: “Who is it?”
are we talking about an animal or a thing? No. Because we said “Who”, so
we’re talking about people. Usually this question we ask when let’s
say somebody knocks on the door, we say: “Who is it?” Okay? Or let’s say you have a phone call and
somebody else answers, and then you… You ask… They say: “You have a call”,
or “You have a phone call.” And you say: “Who is it?” Okay? That means: “Who is calling?”
or “Who is at the door?” Depends on the situation. All right. So, let’s review these five, and
then you can learn five more. Let’s do these. So if somebody wants to say:
“Would you like another drink?” then what would they use? Which expression could you
use for that meaning? You would say: “Care
for another?” Number four. Okay? If you want to ask
somebody: “Who’s calling?” what could you say? You would say: “Who is it?” Okay? If you want to say:
“What’s wrong?” What’s another way to
say: “What’s wrong?” Look at it. Which one of these? For: “What’s wrong?”
we would usually say number one: “What’s the matter?” Okay? “What’s the matter? What’s the problem? What’s wrong?” Okay? “Can I use this chair?” So you’re asking somebody:
“Could I use this chair?” And what might you
say after that? “Is it okay with you?” What’s another way to say: “Is it okay
with you or do you have any objection?” We would say number two: “Do you mind?” Okay? And the last one: “Do you
know the latest news? Do you know what happened? What people are talking
about, what you should know?” That is number three: “Have you heard?” Okay? Next we’re going to do five more so that you can
start to use these easy and snappy questions. Okay, number six:
“Leaving so soon?” So when do we say:
“Leaving so soon?” Again, this is one of those shortened questions,
because the full question would probably be: “Are you…?” Or: “Why are you leaving so seen?”
or “Are you leaving so soon?” But we just say:
“Leaving so soon?” So this is when somebody is leaving a situation
early, like maybe somebody’s leaving a party before it’s over or somebody’s leaving a dinner,
or somebody’s leaving a seminar or a conference, and they’re leaving a little bit
earlier than it’s supposed to end. So you just ask, because you… Usually you ask somebody you care about
or you care about why they’re leaving, so you just say:
“Leaving so soon?” Okay? Especially if it’s more at… In a personal situation. All right? Now, so somebody might say: “Yes. I have to catch a flight”, or “I have to get to bed early”,
or something like that. That would be the answer. Okay? Now, number seven:
“Have you met?” So when do we say:
“Have you met?” This “you” is referring to usually
two people, or two or more people. So let’s say you go into a
situation and there’s… Let’s pretend right now there are two
friends, and you want to know… You are friends of each of these people, but
you don’t know if they know each other. So when we say: “Have you met?” we’re
saying: “Do you know each other? Have you had a chance
to meet each other?” Right? So… And if not, then you
are going to introduce them. All right? So you start by saying:
“Have you met?” All right, there we go. Now, the next one is
really interesting. “What’s the scoop?” This question actually comes from the world
of journalism, because in journalism when a reporter gets the scoop it means he
gets the story, he gets the latest story. And every reporter wants to get the scoop and
get their news out on their channel before anyone else. So, a scoop is like the story, the
latest news, the latest story. So when you ask somebody: “What’s
the scoop?” it means, like: “What happened?
What’s the latest? What’s happening
or what happened?” Okay? What’s the scoop? All right. The next one, number
nine: “Do you follow?” Now, “follow” can have
different meanings. “Follow” can mean that you
walk after somebody else. Okay? Somebody’s following
you, let’s say. You don’t want that to happen. Okay? Somebody… When you’re going home at night,
you don’t want anybody going after you or following you. But this doesn’t have
anything to do with that. This means: “Do you understand?” Because “to follow” is also a mental activity,
it means to understand what’s happening. So, for example, I could ask you: “Do you
follow the meaning of these questions? Do you understand?” Usually this is not going to
be asked in the beginning. So let’s say somebody’s giving some instructions
or giving a lesson and there are a number of steps, in the middle,
they ask: “Do you follow? Do you follow? Are you following?” Okay? So that means: “Do
you understand?” And the last one is a very interesting
question, and that’s: “What’s the catch?” So what do we mean by
saying: “What’s the catch?” Sometimes you hear about something
and it sounds too good to be true. Like, okay: “You can… We are giving you…” A company puts an ad in the newspaper and it
says: “We are giving you a thousand dollars.” What? That sounds really good. But usually it’s a little too good to be true,
so then we might ask: “What’s the catch?” So maybe in this advertisement which said:
“We’re giving you a thousand dollars”, in small… In small writing at the bottom it
said: “When you buy a house from us.” Okay? So the catch, the hidden problem, the hidden
condition was that when you buy a house from this company, they will give you a discount
of a thousand dollars, so it’s like they’re giving you a thousand dollars. But: “What’s the catch?” means that when there’s some sort of a situation
that sounds like it’s ideal, and really lovely and beautiful, but there’s some hidden
disadvantage in that situation. And so you’re asking:
“What’s the catch?” Okay? Or somebody tells you… Your friend tells you: “Hey. I got this job, and they’re going to
send me here and they’re going to do this, and they’re going to do that, and
they’re paying me so much money.” And it sounds like almost too good,
so you say: “What’s the catch?” It’s like: “Oh, well, I have to do
this stuff which is not legal.” It was like: “Oh, okay. Well,
then, you better not.” Okay? So, there are all kinds of
situations in which we can use this. Okay? Now, let’s try to match them up. So which question can you use when you
want to say: “Do you know each other?” Okay? You have two friends: “Do
you know each other?” What do we say? Did you find it? We asked: “Have you met?” Okay? Good. All right. What’s the hidden problem? What’s that hidden condition? Which expression or
question asks that? It’s here, number 10. Right? “What’s the catch? What’s the hidden problem? What’s the hidden disadvantage?” If you want to ask somebody:
“Do you understand?” what’s another way
we can ask that? Which one? This one, it’s: “Do you follow?” Okay? Good. “Are you going home already?” How can we ask that? Do you know? Yes, number six: “Leaving so soon?” Okay? Again, it doesn’t mean
you’re going home. It’s just an example. You could be just leaving. We don’t know where
that person is going. And the last one: “What’s happening?”, or
“What happened?”, or “What’s the latest?”, or “What’s the story?” What’s that one? The one that’s left, number
eight: “What’s the scoop?” All right? So I hope that these 10 questions are easy
enough-and I think they are-that you could actually start using
them yourself. It’s important to understand them, but it’s also
important to start using the common expressions that native speakers
use in everyday life. So, if you’d like to practice this,
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